For What It's Worth

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Eep! I'm old! But I'm still here so let's have giveaway!

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Today is my birthday! I’m forty…..mumbles….eight….mumbles. Oooh that hurts to say but it beats the alternative right??

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I’m going to celebrate with you all by giving away a $40 Amazon gift card (Or $40 in books if winner is international)

But first some trivia for the year I was born…. (via dMarie Time Capsule)

Top Songs for 1965:

Help! by Beatles 
Yesterday by Beatles   
I Got You Babe by Sonny & Cher
You've Lost The Lovin' Feelin' by Righteous Brothers   
Satisfaction by Rolling Stones        
Downtown by Petula Clark   
Turn! Turn! Turn! by Byrds        
Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter by Herman's Hermits   
I Can't Help Myself by Four Tops        
This Diamond Ring by Gary Lewis & the Playboys

1965 Prices:

Bread:   $0.21/loaf   
Milk:      $1.05/gal   
Eggs:    $1.00/doz   
Car:      $2,350    
Gas:      $0.31/gal   
House:   $21,500
Stamp:   $0.05/ea
Avg Income:  $7,704/yr
Min Wage:  $1.25/hr
DOW Avg:   969

On TV in 1965: 

The Addams Family, Gilligan's Island, Lost in Space,  
Hogan's Heroes, I Dream of Jeannie, Green Acres  
The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Get Smart, The Fugitive, Bewitched  

Hot Toys: 

Secret Sam Exploding Binoculars, Shooting Cane, Weird Clyde,  
Screaming Mee-Mee Gun, G.I. Joe, Operation, Man From U.N.C.L.E. Headquarters Transmitter,       Battleship, Green Ghost Game  

Academy Award Winners:


Best Picture: The Sound Of Music - Directed By Robert Wise
Best Actor: Lee Marvin in Cat Ballou
Best Actress: Julie Christie in Darling

Top Books: 


Shadow of a Bull by Maia Wojciechowska, The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley and Malcolm X, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

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90 comments:

  1. I just get the classic Happy Birthday to you in my head when I think of birthdays. So, Happy Birthday to you! :)

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  2. Come on, you're not old ... still, you might want to read a little faster to get all those books read *wink*. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

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    1. Best comment! lol

      I must read non stop until I die to finish what's on my shelves!

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  3. Hey don't worry! I think you're still pretty young at heart. :) Happy birthday, Karen! :)

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  4. Don't really have any interesting birthday stories so I'll just say Happy Birthday! Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  5. Happy happy birthday!!!! I hope you have the most wonderful day. :)

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  6. I wish you the best birthday ever! May this year be a terrific one!

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  7. I love the trivia from 1965. My dad turned 48 earlier this month and my mom will in June. I sent them your post so they could see what the year they were born looked like too. Even though you're the same biological age, you're MUCH younger than them! I wish I could get them to read more and read done if what I enjoy. I'm always pestering my mom to guest review too, but she only gave in once a long time ago. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! And thanks for your generosity towards us!

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    1. I'm extremely immature! That keeps me young lol

      I did get my MIL to read some YA (she's almost 70) so there's still hope,

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  8. A belated happy birthday to you. It was my father-in-laws on the 16th and my nephews as well as my 4th blogoversary today (18th) so you are in good company.

    As my birthday is in February and the weather is generally awful and I have a tendency to be ill I also have a second birthday in August.

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  9. Happy birthday, minus a day (you're just a day better, right?)! As a fellow 40mfjphpfhpf, I salute you! I remember filling up my Pinto when gas was under 75 cents a gallon. :)

    No memorable birthday stories from me, but a funny one from one of my kiddo. I think it was his 7th, we got him a Cookie Monster cake and after lunch, we'd moved to another room for presents. I went into the kitchen to clean up and who do I find, face down in the very, very blue frosted cake? Snowball (when she was a kitten), her white fur now completely stained blue. She loved it and was a frosting freak forever afterwards. :D

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    1. Yay! a fellow 40mfjphpfhpf! I sometimes feel like I'm the oldest blogger on the block :-)

      That's hilarious about your kitten! I just envision a Smurf kitten lol

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  10. Haha, for some unclear reason I thought I was older than you, but I'm younger instead! ;P *does the happy dance* And no, I'm not saying how much. LOL.
    Birthday girl celebrates giving away a gift herself...shouldn't you be the one who gets them? :)
    Sorry to be late on this, but I hope that you had a really great day...and that your hubby spoiled you as you deserve. Happy belated birthday!

    P:S.: love the post.

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    1. Never mind...I thought I read yesterday's date at the beginning of your post. Happy NOT-belated birthday then! :)

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  11. Holy crap, $1.25 an hour? Wow! If only the minimum wage went up but the other costs stayed down lol. I hope you have a terrific birthday! Thank you so much for this awesome giveaway to celebrate :)

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    1. I remember when I was a teenager and gas had just hit $1 and it felt like the end of the world lol I had to scrounge dollar bills from all my friends to fill the tank.

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  12. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! I hope you have a lovely day!

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  13. I wish I were 40 again.... Just wait till you have to sit down and sort out all the 2nd party offers for Medicare coverage. It ain't easy getting old.. but sometimes it's better then the alternative. LOL

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    1. I absolutely agree!!

      I've been dealing with a lot of paperwork for my elderly father recently and man that's a wake up call for what's ahead lol

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  14. You are not old! Says another gal in her 40's! Happy Birthday Chica! Party like a ----never mind! Stay up late and have a glass of wine LOL (that is always my birthday go to--and by late I am talking 10 )

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    1. Oh yeah - 10 pm is a late night for me. Has been for many years now - which is kinda sad lol

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    2. It isn't sad! It means that we get to be fully awake for the best part of the day :) :) That is what I tell myself LOL

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  15. Happy happy birtday! Wishing you a fantastic day. I used to watch those TV shows especially Bewitched, Get Smart and Dream of Jeannie.

    kidsue99@yahoo.com

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    1. I loved all those shows! I didn't remember any of the toys though.

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  16. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Sorry I had to get all shouty, but a good birthday wish should be loud.

    As for the age thing... most of the time I still feel like a 20something, until I'm actually around a bunch of 20somethings. They say 70 is the new 30, so that means you're practically a tween!

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    1. I'm so immature that I'm sure I have the mind of a tween (but the responsibilities of a 40-something lol)

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  17. A song... Oooo... Errr... I have one that I normally sing to my brother (so yeah, it's not particularly flattering! But here it is):

    Happy Birthday to you!
    I went to the zoo!
    I saw a big gorilla!
    And I thought it was you!

    But please note that I don't ACTUALLY think you look like a gorilla (my brother does though...)

    xx

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    1. Ha! I love it!!

      One version I always sang was - you look like a monkey - and smell like one too!

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  18. Happy Birthday!! best wishes, i hope this day will be filled with love, loved one and if you are like me ... BOOKS!!

    thank you a lot for sharing this trivia with us^^ it's instructive ( i didn't know that was teh year of the adams family)

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    1. Some of the tv shows surprised me because I watched several of them when I was a kid. I didn't realize they started the year I was born.

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  19. Yay -- Happy Birthday Karen.
    Loved the trivia and love the idea that those TBR piles will keep us going forever!
    Can't wait to see you next month :)

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  20. As a Woman of *ahem* a certain age, let me just say "enjoy". It's a great time to be alive. Happy Birthday.

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    1. I agree! and I enjoy every minute of it.

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  21. Happy Birthday ! Have fun.
    This year is the 29th anniversary of my 29th birthday

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  22. Oh~ Happy Birthday! The only gift you can do for us is enjoy it and eat a lot of cake!

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      Happy, happy, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Karen!

      -from another of those forty(mumblesomething)-year-olds. :)

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  24. Happy Birthday!! I hope you have a fantastic day

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  25. Happy, happy birthday! I hope it's fantastic and way to embrace the day even when it's hard to announce to the blogosphere what your age is. (I'll be doing that tomorrow.)

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  26. Happy birthday sweetie!!!

    Seriously so many of the songs and TV shows you listed from 65 are my favs.
    The Stones! Beatles! Turn turn turn! Downtown! I've Got You Babe!
    I grew up watching reruns of Addams Family, I Dream of Jeanie, and Green Acres.
    I still watch Bewitched aallllllllll the time.
    It plays at 8PM here on the retro TV station.

    You were born on a good year!

    I hope you have an amazing birthday sugar!

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  27. Happy Birthday. Hope you have a great birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  28. happy Birthday. Sending you books & jelly bellies and flowers ...and YOU are not OLD .

    Love you xoxox

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  29. All the best people are born on April 18 ;-)

    Happy happy happy birthday!!!

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  30. Happy birthday from Barcelona!
    I'm surprised because I know most songs you mentioned... What a coincidence!
    Have a great day!

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  31. Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!! here's wishing you many, many more and all of the books you could possibly want : )

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  32. Happy Birthday! I'm not torturing you with my singing. That is your pressie. LOL

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  33. Happy birthday!
    Here's a hilarious birthday song!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzXO_5e8oO0

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  34. Aw, Karen! Happy happy happy birthday! Trust you to be so generous on a day that is all about YOU. :) Those prices made me wince, so I had to look away from them, hah. I love The Sound of Music, though, that's one of the first movies I ever got attached to when I was little.

    Hope you have an amazing day! Heck, I hope you're turning this into an amazing birthday weekend!

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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  35. Happy Birthday, hope you enjoy your day! ^O^

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  36. Happy Happy birthday, may all your dreams come true! HEY. Happy happy birthday, from all of us to you! haha.
    awesome giveaway, and hope your birthday is fabulous :)

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  37. Hope you have a Happy Birthday!

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  38. Happy happy happy birthday!! :)

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  39. Happy Birthday! I'm going to be 43 next month and I just don't feel that old!! My 6yo isn't helping: she's been asking about life in the 70s and asked if we lived in black and white (like old movies/tv). #ouch

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    1. I remember a few years ago my niece asked how old I was. I told her and she got really upset and said - that's old....please don't die soon auntie. lol

      I don't feel that old either. Stay young!!!

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  40. Hope you have had a wonderful Birthday!!!

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  41. Happy birthday! Let everyone pamper you on your special day!

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  42. Happy Birthday! If it makes you feel any better, you'll always be younger than I am :-)

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  43. Happy Birthday!!! thanks for the giveaway.

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  44. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

    May all your wishes come true.

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  45. Happy birthday! I can't think of any stories besides the desire to do like my girls, and stick my face in my cake

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  46. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU DEAR KAREN! Thank you for celebrating with us YOUR birthday, so sweet of you. Now fingers crossed LOL.

    Loved that trivia, The Beatles rule!! Always and forever. Those prices are just...can I go back to that year? haha

    I like the tittle of your post, except you're not old ;) Your young at heart, I would never think you were that age just by talking to you on Twitter and that is why I love you. You're the best! :) I wish you many more years to come, health, happiness & love, is all you need ;)

    Here is a cover you may or not like but I love her: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p856dtR4mmshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p856dtR4mms

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  47. Happy Birthday! Forty is young!! My d-i-l had her first baby at 42!

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  48. Oops! Sorry! didn't see the eight! lol Your still a lot younger than me!!

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  49. Happy Birthday, I just turned 40 on the weekend - I prefer to think I am still 27 though!

    Hope you were spoilt!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd out

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  50. You're as young as you feel right? I'm 25, but sometimes I feel like a little old lady ;) I hope you had a wonderful birthday!

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  51. Let's be having none of that old talk! Only a few years behind you and I'm still young, don't upset my illusion!
    Happy birthday Karen :-)

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  52. Happy Birthday!!!!
    have a GREAT celebration!!!

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  53. Happy Birthday! And oh to be that age again, looking at it from this side of the hill, it doesn't look so bad. :D

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  54. Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you!
    Happy birthday, dear Karen.
    Happy birthday to you!

    *throws book confetti all over*
    ...that's book shaped confetti. Not confetti made of books because that would be terrible.

    - Jackie

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  55. Happy birthday, Karen!!! Phew, it's always painful to name your age after 30 isn't it? I salute your bravery, girl!!! Have a cracktastic birthday!

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  56. Happy happy happy,
    a great birthday for you,
    I'd love some books,
    and I know you do too!

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  57. HAPPY (belated) BIRTHDAY, KAREN! Hope it was a great one!

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  58. Happy Birthday to you, happy birthday to you, Happy Birthday Dear Karen, Happppppyyyy Birthday toooo youuuuuu!! :D

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  59. Aw, I hope you had an awesome birthday! Around our house we always sing a birthday song that comes on Yo Gabba Gabba. :)

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  60. My birthday was 4/20 and it was pretty great. I hope yours was as awesome as mine was!!!

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  61. Happy birthday! I love the blast from the past, too. My birthday is next week and I might just steal that idea 'cause it's too fun to look back like that...well, until you realize that half the people that read your blog probably haven't even heard of, let alone remember, any of those things. :) Oh, well...with age comes wisdom and beauty, right?

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  62. On my birthday, I love watching the Friends episode where they all turn 30. I hope you had a wonderful birthday!

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  63. Whooohoooo! Happy Birthday! (I've always loved most of the tv shows you listed.)
    You say it's your birthday.....well it's my birthday too.....(not really, but just know I'm singing to you)!

    - Jessica @ Book Sake

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  64. A very merry unbirthday to you - yes YOU! A very merry unbirthday to you, to who? YOU!
    Here is to another year!

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  65. “Link says if a girl says not to get her a birthday present that means get me a birthday present and make sure it’s jewelry.”

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  66. Feliz Cumpleanos!! I hope there was cake, cake makes everything better!! :D

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